Pablo Picasso

Head of a Woman (Fernande)

1909

On display at Tate Modern

Artist
Pablo Picasso 1881–1973
Original title
Tête de femme (Fernande)
Medium
Plaster
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 405 x 230 x 260 mm
Collection
Lent from a private collection 1994
On long term loan
Reference
L01712

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‘My greatest artistic emotions were aroused when the sublime beauty of the sculptures created by anonymous artists in Africa was suddenly revealed to me’ Picasso told the poet Apollinaire. This sculpture is of his companion Fernande Olivier. Its flat, planed surface relates the work to his cubist paintings of the same period. Picasso made two plaster casts of the head, from which at least sixteen bronze examples were cast.

Gallery label, May 2012

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